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Johnny Rockets Grows Up

The iconic Americana chain, known for its dancing staff, old-school ambiance, and juicy hamburgers and hand-dipped shakes, turned 25 on this week. To celebrate, had a chat with John Fuller, president and CEO, about the past, present, and future of the brand.

400,000+ Summer Jobs Expected, says NRA

Restaurants are expected to add 425,000 jobs this summer season, a 4.6 percent increase over the March 2011 employment level, according to National Restaurant Association (NRA) projections released today.

Margaritaville, The Flamingo Play Games in Vegas

Margaritaville and The Flamingo Las Vegas are bringing to the city a gaming experience unlike anything else with the opening this fall of the "Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo", a new and exciting gaming space.

California Pizza Strikes a Deal in Taiwan

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. announced an agreement to expand into Taiwan with new franchise partner, Quanta Foods. As part of the agreement, a minimum of six new California Pizza Kitchen restaurants are expected to open in Taiwan over the next 5 years.

Double The Locations, Double The Success?

Galen Zamarra opened Mas (farmhouse) in the West Village in New York in 2004 and turned this high-end French Provençal eatery into a success. Seven years later, he faced a major decision that many chef/owners confront: Should he open a second restaurant and if he did, how could he maintain the quality of the first?Finally determining that the timing was right, Zamarra is opening Mas (la grillade) in the West Village this summer.

P.F. Chang's Heads South of the Border

P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc. announced it has signed exclusive development and licensing agreements with Alsea, S.A.B. de C.V., the leading QSR and casual-dining operator in Latin America, to develop 17 P.

NRA Show's Numbers on the Rise

The 92nd annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and fourth annual International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event (IWSB) showed positive growth in attendee and exhibitor numbers.

New Pizza Joint "Rocks" Oregon

The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, an award-winning gourmet pizza restaurant with a gritty rock-and-roll vibe, is excited to announce its newest restaurant, opening in Gresham, Oregon, in June 2011.

New Restaurant is a Haven

Haven, an intimate, contemporary food lounge, is bringing its mix of cutting-edge design, international cuisine and creative cocktails to Miami’s South Beach’s busiest business district.The 120-person venue opened on May 6.

Stone Brewing Co. To Open Second Bistro

Stone Brewing Co. is opening a new outpost of its award-winning restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, in Liberty Station in San Diego.The new restaurant will feature 40 craft and specialty beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and locally-grown cuisine.

Twin Peaks Climbs Into Wichita

Twin Peaks restaurants has expanded to Wichita, Kansas.The new restaurant, which will have a mountain sports lodge theme, is open for dinner only but beginning May 23, Twin Peaks will expand its hours to include lunch.

Buffalo Wild Wings Moves North of the Border

Buffalo Wild Wings has expanded to Canada. The first location has opened in Oshawa, Ontario.“We are very excited to have this first international location open and are ready to serve our Canadian fans,” says Sally Smith, Buffalo Wild Wings president and CEO.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Opens in Tulsa and Offers Free BBQ for a Year

Dickey's Barbecue Pit's new location in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will hold its grand opening on Friday with a promotion to win free barbecue for a year and $1 throughout lunch.Famous for its slow-smoked signature meats and home-style sides, the Texas-based chain will celebrate from 11 a.

Island Burgers and Shakes Extends Northwards

Island Burgers & Shakes, the popular 15-year-old burger restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, has signed a lease for its second Manhattan location on the Upper West Side.Island Burgers & Shakes will occupy 700 square feet of ground floor space, as well as a 500 square foot basement, when it opens later this year.

Buckhead Beef's New State-Of-The-Art Plant

Buckhead Beef, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sysco Corp., will open a new state-of-the-art plant on the south side of Charlotte in late summer 2011.A current building will be expanded upon to create the new 24,000-square-foot production facility that will service Charlotte and eventually both North and South Carolina.